Main Line Drive-In

762 W. Lancaster Avenue,
Wayne, PA 19087

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Previously operated by: Budco

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Main Line Drive-In

This drive-in sat in a field just off Route 30 in Devon, PA, now Wayne. It was hard to see the field itself but you could see the screen from the road. It was opened on July 18, 1953 with Rita Hayworth in “Salome”. It was operated by the Smith family (they had several drive-ins) W.W. and V.C. Smith, and run by Budco theatres out of Doylestown, PA. It was closed in September 1975. A shopping center is now located on this site.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Aerial view looks like a baseball stadium.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Strange.It is listed in 1956 Motion picture Almanac but with no info on cars it holds or who owns it.1,000 cars seems alot for such a small city.Don’t make sense.

LarryFM on May 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Kencmcintyre’s link is dead, but if you go to Historic Aerial’s website and type in “Route 30 Devon, Pennsylvania”, you’ll find the drive-in theatre, beginning in 1957. According to Kerry Segrave’s book ‘Drive-In Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933’, the inventor of the drive-in, Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr., and his wife lived close to this theatre, and they sometimes visited it to watch movies.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Uploaded aerial view 1958

jwmovies on October 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 762 West Lancaster Avenue, now in Wayne, PA 19087. Now Courtyard.

MBerry on July 25, 2014 at 11:39 am

I was the manager of this theater in 72-73. The Anthony Wayne as well.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on December 16, 2019 at 8:37 am

Grand opening was on July 18, 1953 with “Salome” starring Rita Hayworth.

50sSNIPES on January 26, 2024 at 2:57 pm

The Main Line Drive-In closed in September 1975 after a months-long run of “Jaws”.

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